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Wardrobe decisions for congressional testimony

January 27, 2010

Rocky lacks any substantive insights on today’s AIG grilling of Treasury Secretaries Geithner and Paulson by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. So he’ll instead focus on the important stuff.

Rocky notes that both Geithner and Paulson appeared to be wearing waterproof scuba diving watches.

Geithner’s watch came before the camera as he was pointing his index finger at the committee in a Clintonesque “I did not have sex with that woman, and even if I did, it was in the best interests of American Taxpayers” moment.

Paulson’s watch came before the camera when the Committee ran over Paulson’s self-imposed time limit, and he “graciously” agreed to stay for an extra eight minutes. The eight minutes ran to ten minutes, and Paulson objected. The Committee Chair graciously acknowledged Paulson for providing an extra two minutes.

If Paulson and Geithner had been Secretaries of the Navy, the waterproof watches would make more sense.

Perhaps Geithner chose a waterproof watch to protect against a waterfall of tears. In contrast, Paulson was probably enroute to a flyfishing date with Robert Rubin, Tiger Woods and Dan Rather at “The Perfect Cast,” a resort who’s list of celebrities is a who’s who of the morally challenged.

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  1. January 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    You didn’t mention that Dick Cheney is on that list in the link….I wonder if John Edwards has ever fly-fished? It’s very popular in North Carolina.

  2. January 27, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    The fine print doesn’t say that Cheney actually fished there. Just that Cheney likes to fish.

    More to the point, this tasty quote is from their website: “Like many executives, Tracey attributes much of her success in business to her ability to network and build lasting relationships, skills she also applies, not surprisingly, to fly fishing. “There is no better way,” she says, “to strengthen and deepen relationships with clients and colleagues than to share in the singular challenge of man versus fish.”

    Rocky posits that actually running the company profitably might be more important than “networking and flyfishing.”

  3. kim
    January 27, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I read once that Bill Clinton wore sports watches to appear youthful

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timex_Ironman

    Presumably current handlers are up on this, in deference to the power of the middle +/-1stdev voting bloc

  4. masteroftheuniverse
    January 28, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I’ll pass on the fly fishing, but did take my son here for the best waves on the planet. Took my son to http://www.tavarua.com/ for a week. No big networking, except for 5 of the top 10 ranked surfers in the world, a few execs from Billabong, Quicksilver, and Patagonia. The wave was worth the life threatening staph infection I got from being bounced off the reef on a spectacular wipeout. I’d do it again:)

  5. kim
    January 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Rocky your thumbnail reminds me of this Far Side:

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